The 2021-2022 school year brought big changes at Children’s Learning Center. While the pandemic undeniably changed the way early education services are delivered, CLC also restructured the program after two of its longtime directors retired. This year was the first time all of the CLC’s programming; Head Start and Early Head Start, Childcare, and Special Education services, were brought together under one program director. This major shift was an opportunity to unite Children’s Learning Center in a new way and strengthen the program by tapping into the strengths of our diverse programs and staff.
In FY2021-2022 our Head Start/ Early Head Start program served 76 at-risk families. Forty-five children (3-5 year olds) were enrolled in Head Start’s program and 46 (0-3 year olds) in Early Head Start. We are the program in Teton County that serves our community’s most at-risk families, many of whom are Latino. We provide a full range of education, health, and parenting services to support these families and prepare their children for kindergarten.
For each and every one of us, this year looked like no other. Full of dynamic challenges, the year offered countless opportunities to forge new and stronger partnerships within our community. As I look back over the year, what stands out most to me is not the fear, grief, or uncertainty, but the exceptional way that our community and organization rose to meet the difficulties of the pandemic.
In fiscal year 2019-20 our Head Start/Early Head Start program served 80 at-risk families. Forty children (3-5 years old) were enrolled in Head Start’s program, and 48 children (0-3 year olds) in Early Head Start. We are the program in Teton County that serves our community’s most at-risk families, many of whom are Latino. We provide a full range of education, health, and parenting services to support these families and prepare their children for kindergarten.
After fiscal year 2018-2019, we’re 48 years into the mission of CLC. We’ve enhanced countless lives through early education in Teton and Sublette counties. Both teachers and students have improved together. We’ve seen challenges. And we’ve risen to meet them. The mentality of rising to meet challenges filters into our children through amazing teachers and staff. We watch, like you, as children rise to meet their own challenges in a new environment with us.
After 4 years of planning, FY 2017-2018 saw our Mercill Early Education Center come to life. The 15,000 square foot facility was designed by Greg Mason of KRIKOR Architecture, constructed off-site by Nashua Builders and trucked from Boise, ID to Jackson in 18 large modules during one of the worst winters in the history of the west. Big D Construction then began the process of stitching together the modules and all the plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems. It was an amazing and challenging process as Mercill is the largest, most complex modular commercial building project ever built in our area. This facility meets LEED Gold standards for energy efficiency and sustainability.
Learn more about this project and what we’ve been up to over the past year see our annual report below!